This week’s message will address the sixth commandment: Don’t murder.
As has been my practice in this series, I began my study by asking why would this commandment be important as God? God gives his rules to protect and/or grow us.
So why no murder?
Keep in mind these commandments are God’s foundational principles for the Jews who have just left Egypt and look forward to entering the Promised Land. They are leaving a place where their only value was their ability to work. God wants them to know their true value: he created them; he created them in his image; and he created them for relationship.
Those truths leave no room for murder—the intentional taking of another life.
Put that on one side of the equation: disregard for the created and loved life of another and on the other Jesus’ words:
Would you give your life for anyone?